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NOAA Fisheries Announces Protected Species Workshops for January, February, and March of 2018

Posted December 5, 2017

Shark and swordfish limited access permit holders and applicants for permit transfers who fish with longline or gillnet gear, must submit a copy of their Protected Species Release, Disentanglement, and Identification Workshop certificate in order to renew or transfer either a shark limited access and/or a swordfish limited access permit (71 FR 58057; October 2, 2006). Vessel operators are required to possess on board the vessel valid workshop certificates for both the vessel owner and operator at all times.

IMPORTANT NOTE - Workshop certificates that were initially issued in 2015 will be expiring.  Vessel owners whose certificates are expiring must attend a workshop and obtain a new certificate prior to permit renewal.  Vessel operators must possess valid workshop certificates on board for both the vessel owner and operator.

 Who Must Attend?

Vessel owners and operators using longline or gillnet gear and holding, or applying for, one or more of the following permits:

 Purpose of Workshops:

 Schedule

All workshops will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   

Date

Location

Address

City

State

Zip Code

1/12/2018

Holiday Inn

99701 Overseas Highway

Key Largo

FL

33037

1/24/2018

Holiday Inn

300 Woodbury Avenue

Portsmouth

NH

03801

2/6/2018

Hilton Garden Inn

6745 Rock Spring Road

Wilmington

NC

28405

2/22/2018

Holiday Inn

9515 U.S. 49

Gulfport

MS

39503

3/7/2018

Hilton Garden Inn

55 Town Center Boulevard

Palm Coast

FL

32164

3/13/2018

Holiday Inn Express

9300 South Main Street

Houston

TX

77025

What to Bring?

To ensure that the workshop certificate is linked to the correct permit, please bring the following items to the workshop:

Individual Vessel Owner:

•    Proof of identification,

•    A copy of the applicable permit(s), and

•    A copy of the vessel registration or documentation. 

Representative of a Business or Co-Owned Vessel:

•    Proof that the individual is an agent (partial owner) of the business,

•    A copy of the applicable permit(s), and

•    Proof of identification.

Vessel Operator:

•    Proof of identification.

For More Information:

To pre-register for a scheduled workshop, please contact Angler Conservation Education at (386) 682-0158.  Pre-registration is highly recommended but is not required.  For further information regarding workshop requirements please contact Rick Pearson at (727) 824-5399.

 

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